Advanced Technology Aircraft Safety Survey Report


This report deals with information supplied by respondents to the Advanced Technology Aircraft Safety Survey and provides a detailed analysis of answers to both the 'open' and 'closed' questions.

Accident, incident and anecdotal evidence indicates that the introduction of new technology to aviation has generally resulted in benefits to safety and efficiency (Norman & Abbott 1988), but has also resulted in a range of new human factors and operational difficulties. BASI's advanced technology aircraft research project was begun in response to a number of perceived problems such as data entry errors, monitoring failures, mode selection errors and inappropriate manipulation of automated systems.

Phase 1 of this project included a literature review which identified major concerns with advanced aircraft, including pilot complacency, potential loss of skills, and loss of situational awareness. There have been several previous surveys concerned with advanced technology aircraft safety issues. Wiener (1989) surveyed errors made by pilots of Boeing 757 aircraft and Wiener and others (1991) compared the DC9 with the MD 80, looking at errors in the
operation of both aircraft types.

Type: Research and Analysis Report
Publication date: 21 June 1998
ISBN: 0 642 27456 8
Last update 07 April 2014
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